Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Create Your Own News

My subjects today:
-If you provide good bread and comfort at home, you have done something great.
-No need for guided imagery when you have the real thing at home.
-Alternatives to media with your subscriptions (video subscriptions that you like)
-Character studies in some old stories (but you can make up your own)
-Staying in your own "Inn"
-Keep a log of your home/house activities
-Keep your character in difficult times.

Please enjoy being home while you listen to the broadcast.

Saturday, January 08, 2022

Home, As You Like It

Notes for today's lesson:

If you need help getting focused in the home:

~ Dress Up
~Walk slowly through the house 
~Sweep and pick up 
~Re-enter the house as a guest
~Consider your home as a dignified place
~To prevent the work being mechanical or uninteresting, listen to something as you go.

The skies are more clear now and we are enjoying sunshine part of the day.

I read from the book "Mrs. Dunwoody's Excellent Instructions for Homekeeping" which I received as a gift from one of my listeners. I'm very grateful for this book, since it gives me months and months of new content~ (smile)

I am so blessed by your kind attendance here and look forward to doing a great deal more to aid homemakers in their long days at home.

God Bless You All ,


Monday, January 03, 2022

Make Each Day Different When You Work at Home

Today I talked about ways homemakers used to distinguish one day from another, so that there would be some variety during the week.  From keeping journals to getting out a fresh kitchen towel or apron, there were various ways of doing this.

Now that so many wonderful people are home based, and this includes the men, I tried to address the subject of making each day different.

In general, I was talking to my grown grandchildren who are working in home businesses, but I'm sharing it with all of you.

Here is a potential list to consider: 

*A different shirt for each day of the week
*Day of the week food or flavor (This is Friday, so it must be flatbread)
*A different route for your daily stroll: This is Saturday, so let's walk south-west.
*Daily journal entry: what I wore, ate, heard, saw or observed, said, read, made, accomplished, felt.
*Sketch or doodle in your journal for each day of the week.
*Different 5 minute stretch or exercise each day
*Song of the day
*One piece of paper correspondence 
*Scent of the day --as natural as possible.
*Verse of the day
*Follow a cooking video or different recipe
*Create one small thing.

In each of these broadcast I try to stress the importance of dressing more formally for the humblest of  homes, to give the homekeeper/homemaker  a feeling of living in a grand place where you are expecting guest. 

I reviewed the January 1996 Victoria magazine, and mentioned a book called Perfect Preserves by Nora Carey. Recipes using preserved fruits were included in the back of this magazine; one being applesauce walnut fruitcake. (Do a search for the vintage magazine and the recipe).

Also, the scripture I quoted  was from Isaiah 8:12:
" not fear what they fear, nor be in dread."

Please enjoy the freedom of being at home while you listen today:


Saturday, January 01, 2022

Good Caretaker

I hope you all had a happy Christmas season and are enjoying the new year God has given us.
Today I discuss the value of being a good steward (caretaker) of whatever undesirable dwelling you have (perhaps it is temporary) in order to be faithful in a little and chart your course for something better.

One essential for the homemaker is to have a steady, stable, determined attitude and a course to follow, free from fear and discouragement. I used this scripture:

 I also read the rest of the chapter in The Jane Austen Diet by Bryan Koslowski, "Jane Austen Eats Meat" about the eating customs of the Regency Era. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

You Do Everything

Today I talked about the many roles of women at home and read from several books 

Please enjoy your home while you listen:

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Various Thoughts on the Home

Subjects in this broadcast:
Dignified posture at home
More room in your mind when not focusing on media
Quotes by John Taylor Gatto
History of Bath, England

I also showed the oats from Imperfect Foods, which I ordered, and a tisane by Republic of Tea

These are the waterproof boots I wear in the rain and snow. 

I asked you to find out what the Romans were doing in England in 43 B.C. 
and to look up the meaning of autodidact.

I hope you have a lovely day and get a lot done at home while you listen to the broadcast:

Monday, December 27, 2021

Home is a Great Appointment

Greetings and welcome to the Manse on this cloudy, snowy day.

In this broadcast, I talked about making life at home important by treating the day as a great appointment.
I also read a chapter from Bryan Koslowski's book, "The Jane Austen Diet" concerning tea. 

I hope you will get a few things done at home while you listen:

Friday, December 24, 2021

Stable Homes More Important Than Stable State Economy

I'm very happy you tuned in for today's Homemaker Radio broadcast, and I hope you enjoyed your work while you listened.

Today I talked a little about the way I fake-decorate a room when it is needs to be changed for a few minutes or a season, without sewing or spending.

 I also expressed a few of my opinions and thoughts about how much thought or worry we should give to the world's disruptive agenda, and tried to put it in Biblical perspective. The Bible gives us plenty of explanation for the polish and perfection of our own character, habits and talents.

In all the seasons and events, I take toys, old furnishings, dishes, fabrics and what I already have, (yes even that old useless truck outside) and add a seasonal touch. 

Please enjoy whatever you find to do, while you listen today.

Handel's Messiah with the words (scriptures) is worth watching:

Saturday, December 18, 2021

We All Want to Live in Peace at Home

Greetings from The Manse. I have taken a photo of the juniper/cedar here. There are other varieties throughout the world. These berries have a beautiful scent.

It is dreary and cold here but a great story could be written with this weather as a background. There is potential in everything. I wonder how many comedies, adventures, and personal experiences will be published as a result of hard times. 

Today I talked to you from this little tiny space. My subject was about dealing with the know-it-all people who contradict sharply, argue back, and insist on their own opinion in everything.
They should read Jane Austen's novels, and memorize Jane's statement, "Not everyone is the same," and give people some freedom.
Bossy people can take the sparkle out of a festivity and create lasting bad memories for others and yet,  it might be possible to have a little fun with the situation. These critics think themselves quite wise about everyone else's lives. Perhaps we should see their advice about how this world should be run, and get their focus on something higher and nobler. 

We can ask them how they learned to be so critical and so pushy.  Or,  we can suggest they write a book with all their strong opinions, so that they will not have to bother with correcting and ordering everyone about, which is quite an exhausting activity.

Of course, as we all advance in age, we need to be willing to increase our understanding and knowledge and be ready to help direct those God has given to us (descendants) in wise paths.  What I talk about in this video is something completely different than our duty to help our loved ones on the path of life. It is about those who want to order us about in our homes. Not everyone will have this problem, but it is an old, old, problem that is often cited in old books.

As we are entering into a social season, we may need a little help dealing with people who express their opinions so forcefully (often without good standards). I try to address some of it in this broadcast. Please enjoy getting something done around the house while you listen.


Sunday, December 12, 2021


A sojourner is a temporary resident in a land that doesn't belong to him. He dwells where he is neither native, nor foreign nor servant, but works and lives as a temporary resident, dependent on the hospitality of the host nation.  To illustrate this, I read aloud the introduction of the book of Ruth. 

I shared the brown paper challenge of the "On the Journey" blog author, who included it with her newsletter. This tea bag shape could be used as an invitation card or a place card, if folded to have two parts.

 Please enjoy your walk or your work, while you listen at home today:

If you want to know more about slower living, just do a search in the YouTube space and see what comes up. I mentioned some of them I had seen, which were helpful. They are also good to listen to while you do other things.

All is Well at Home

Hello Everyone,

I hope to be back soon with a broadcast.

In the meantime you might enjoy this banjo playlist, because it is one of my 20 something grandsons. 
This is a cute song from last year and it goes with some of the crazy political things the world is twisting us around in:

Be sure to check some of the other recent songs here on  the channel with his other pieces. If you are in or from Uzbikestan, you'll enjoy some of the tunes he plays from that region. I had a few visits from that area on my blog stats recently.  They are welcome.


Thursday, December 02, 2021

Doing the Best We Can

Welcome to Home Living and another episode of
Homemaking Radio, to listen while you walk or while you work at home.
This picture above is the southern view of The Manse.

On my walk this morning I paid attention to everything, as I often urge my readers to do daily.

Wherever you live and whatever circumstances you find yourself in, keeping a home takes a lot of thought, intelligence and time. 

To honor that, I talk about dressing up for that important dwelling place.

For the use-of-brown-paper challenge today I made a placemat and a decorative wrap for the pillar candle which I showed you in the video.

A few pictures from my 5 minute walk this morning...

...and the cardinal teacup for today:

Some of the things I suggested to make you positive and happy at home are:
Limited the news. You will see how much it affects your moods when you take time away from the reports.  
Make good use of the time on dull days or times that feel strange, by having something to show for that time. Time well spent is worth having.
Your home and family deserve your best dressed efforts---they are more important than anything else to dress for.

The broadcast is short but you can get in a walk or fresh air, fold something, or combine it with the previous short video.

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Like a Butler

Good Day, Ladies. Today I am speaking to you from the forest room, 
and I'm including a photo of the one forest teacup I have:

I have been outside to observe and take in the air:

I talked a little about overcoming an eerie feeling during an overcast day, or just in general how a homemaker will observe this more than others who are away from the home most of the day.
I suggested coming up with ideas of ways to alleviate this, and keeping a list of things to do when the long dark days come along.

Please enjoy your many duties at home and if you have time, drop a comment telling what all you accomplished. It is always nice to know what you are doing while you listen.